Judge imposes gag order on Trump confidant Stone

Judge imposes gag order on Trump confidant Stone

After this incident occurred, Judge Jackson ordered Stone to "show cause at a hearing to be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 2;30 p.m.as to why the media contact order entered in this case and/or his conditions of release should not be modified or revoked in light of the posts on his Instagram account on or about February 18, 2019".

Last week, Jackson prohibited Stone or his attorneys from speaking with the news media or making statements near the federal courthouse about the case, in order to reduce the risk of tainting the jury pool and harming his right to a fair trial.

Just days later, Stone posted a photo of Jackson next to the image that looked like crosshairs.

Longtime Republican operative and Trump confidante Roger Stone is due back in federal court Thursday in the wake of posting an Instagram photo of the judge in his criminal case that included what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun sight.

"I am kicking myself over my own stupidity", Stone said. So I want to be clear - today I gave you a second chance.

He apologized to the judge.

Stone was indicted in January on charges of obstructing justice, lying and witness tampering in what prosecutors said was an effort to hide repeated attempts to get information about plans to release the hacked emails. Mueller is also investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow officials. Trump denies collusion and Russian Federation denies US allegations it interfered to undermine the American democratic process.

Since his arrest in January, Stone has been free on a $250,000 USA bond with court permission to travel to certain U.S. cities. In sworn testimony to the House Intelligence Committee past year, Stone said he did not intend to suggest that he had communicated with Assange directly.

Stone was arrested last month and is the sixth Trump aide or adviser charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Soon after, he replaced the post with a cropped image of Jackson, this time with the crosshairs cut out.

Stone testified that a volunteer working for him had downloaded the picture, but he himself wrote the post and published it.

"How hard was it to come up with a photo that didn't have the crosshairs in the corner?"

Berman Jackson grilled Stone specifically on the crosshairs symbol. Stone did say he had several "volunteers" who help him, but he couldn't remember all of them. "I recognize that I let the court down", Stone said. "She thinks it was a serious threat, that it was a deliberate action that he had taken and that one that she has taken quite seriously now that she will revisit the terms of the gag order that is against Roger Stone".

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